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Using China WFOEs in the Service and Manufacturing Industries

Published: September 2013

The wholly foreign-owned enterprise (WFOE) is one of the most common investment vehicles for foreign investors entering into the Chinese market, and can be used to engage in the service or manufacturing sectors. In this issue of China Briefing Magazine, we provide a detailed overview of the WFOE establishment procedures as well as outline the typical costs associated with running these entities in China. We hope that this information will give foreign investors contemplating entry into the Chinese market a better understanding of the time and costs involved.


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E-Commerce in China

Published: July 2013

In this issue of China Briefing Magazine, we cover the current laws pertinent to the e-commerce industry in China, as well as introduce the steps involved in setting up an online shop in the country in order to help provide foreign investors with an overview of the e-commerce landscape in China.


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Sourcing from China

Published: June 2013

In this issue of China Briefing Magazine, we outline the various sourcing models available for foreign investors - representative offices, service companies and trading companies - and discuss how to decide which structure best suits the sourcing needs of your business. Perhaps the most important factors to consider when choosing a sourcing structure are your staffing requirements, your need for operational flexibility, and which option offers the greatest cost efficiencies. In this issue, we compare how each of these factors match up with the available sourcing platforms in order to help foreign businesses find the best option for their specific sourcing needs.


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Understanding Permanent Establishments in China

Published: May 2013

With an increasing number of foreign enterprises starting to conduct business in China, tax liabilities resulting from business activities in China are quickly becoming an issue of key concern. Many foreign enterprises that conduct business in China are unaware that their business activities here may constitute a permanent establishment (“PE”), which thus subjects them to corporate income tax.


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Merger & Acquisition Regulations in China

Published: April 2013

In this issue of China Briefing, we return to a popular subject - China’s M&A regulatory framework. With the global economy slowly coming out of recession, and Chinese businesses wanting to expand both domestically and overseas (both issues driven by state policy), we expect to see a gradual upswing in the number of M&A deals being conducted with Chinese companies in the forthcoming months.


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Trading with China

Published: March 2013

This month’s China Briefing cover art could not be more apt, as it shows the famous Chinese seafarer Zheng He, trading Chinese goods with the West (the image appears to be set in what is now Istanbul). Considering this painting shows him as a young man, the time frame would be around the year 1400 – well over 600 years ago. Yet even today, international trade with China continues to fascinate.


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Annual Compliance, License Renewals & Audit Procedures

Published: January 2013

In this issue, we discuss annual compliance requirements for China foreign-invested entities (FIEs), with notes on regional differences and tips from experienced accountants and auditors. We detail the full audit processes for Representative Offices, Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprises and Joint Ventures in China, as well as discuss the procedures for individual income tax filings for 2012 earned income by expatriates in China.


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Der große Steuervergleich für Asien

Published: December 2012

In einem zunehmend vernetzten Asien blicken viele ausländische Investoren über China hinaus und nutzen ihre Erfahrungen in China, um das Investitionsumfeld in Ländern wie Indien und Vietnam zu verstehen.


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La Guida fiscale per l’Asia

Published: December 2012

In un’Asia sempre più interconnessa, molti investitori stranieri stanno puntando oltre la Cina, facendo tesoro della loro esperienza nel regno di mezzo, per comprendere le possibilità di investimento in paesi come India e Vietnam.


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The Asia Tax Comparator

Published: November 2012

In an increasingly inter-connected Asia, many foreign investors are looking beyond China, using the lens of their China experiences to understand the investment environment in countries like India and Vietnam.



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